MILWAUKEE - Rachel Hoft (Germantown, Wis./Germantown), Melanie Laete (Spokane, Wash./Evergreen Lutheran), and Kristen Schulz (Safford, Ariz./Arizona Lutheran) scored 16 points apiece to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team to a 104-36 season-opening victory over Mount Mary Tuesday at the Recreation Complex. The Warriors (1-0) posted the second-highest point total in school history, two behind the record of 106 set November 30, 1993 against Maranatha.
WLC opened the game on a 10-0 run but Mount Mary (0-2) trimmed the lead to 11-6 with 15:00 remaining in the opening half. The Warriors proceeded to go on a 24-0 run over the next 7:25 to take a commanding 35-6 lead. Wisconsin Lutheran pushed the lead to 51-12 at halftime, led by Hoft's 14 points. WLC shot 53 percent in the half while holding the Blue Angels to 26 percent from the field.
The Warriors remained consistent in the second half, shooting 52 percent. Kaila Knueppel's (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) three-pointer with 11 seconds left moved WLC into triple digits for the fourth time in school history. The Warriors finished 43-for-82 from the field (52 percent), good for the fifth-most made field goals in program history.
Hoft was 4-for-5 from downtown for the Warriors, who shot 10-for-27 (37 percent) from distance. Schulz recorded a double-double, adding 14 rebounds and four blocks. Laete pulled down seven rebounds and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field.
Karisa Pedersen (Bonduel, Wis./Bonduel) scored 11 points and Knueppel chipped in 10 to finish among five Warriors in double figures. Melissa Klemm (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) led WLC with eight assists.
Emily Barker led Mount Mary with 12 points, while Taylor Baumgart and Ashley Leverenz scored eight apiece.
The Warriors host No. 2 Washington (Mo.) (1-0) Friday night at 7 p.m. as part of the Paul F. Knueppel Classic. Live video, audio, and stats will be availabe on wlcsports.com.